Rum Cake Recipe

Rum Cake and Christmas go together like peanut butter and jelly. Like peas and carrots. Like halloween and pumpkin. Like Valentine’s Day and chocolate. At least in my book. Rum cake always appears on the holiday dessert buffet and always is one of the desserts that disappears the quickest.


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And this rum cake recipe that my friend, Ree includes in her newest cookbook, A Year of Holidays, will surely become a favorite, even for those folks that swear rum cake isn’t one of their favorites. Promise.


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Even though we still have a few weeks to go before the Christmas parties officially begin, when I saw the rum cake recipe in Ree’s book, I knew I couldn’t wait to try it. Although, let me tell you, it was hard to decide which recipe I wanted to try first.

As with the recipes she shares in her other cookbooks, on her blog, and on television, they all are amazing. You certainly can’t go wrong with any of Ree’s recipe, in my opinion. Or my husband’s opinion. Or my son’s opinion. Hey, we’re a pretty opinionated bunch when it comes to recipes, ya know.

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And this rum cake?

Well, just like I thought, it makes an easy, yet oh so elegant dessert that will be perfect for sharing with family and friends during your holiday entertaining as well as giving to neighbors as a gift.


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Rum Cake Recipe | ©


If it makes it out of the house, that is. Talk about deeee-licious!!!

Here’s Ree’s Christmas Rum Pudding Cake Recipe. Believe me when I say, it will be a Christmas creation everyone will request!

Yield: 12

Rum Pudding Cake Recipe

Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Rum Cake makes a classic holiday dessert and this easy, yet elegant rum cake recipe will quickly become a festive favorite!
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  • For the Rum Cake:
  • 1/2 cup lightly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1 3.4-ounce package vanilla cook-and-serve pudding mix
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup dark rum
  • For the Glaze:
  • 3/4 cup 1 1/2 sticks butter
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3/4 cup dark rum


  1. Preheat oven to 325º F and thoroughly grease a Bundt pan. Sprinkle the brown sugar and chopped pecans in the bottom of the pan. This will serve as the topping of the cake when the cake is turned out of the pan.
  2. Add cake mix and pudding mix to the bowl of an electric mixer. Crack in the eggs and add water, canola oil, and rum, Mix the batter until it is smooth and totally combined.
  3. Pour batter into the prepared Bundt pan and bake the cake for 50 to 60 minutes, or until a skewer or long toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the middle of the cake and removed.
  4. When the cake has about 10 minutes remaining cooking time, make the glaze.
  5. Melt the butter and sugar together in a heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat. Then add water and bring the mixture to a boil for 4 to 5 minutes, or until thick. Carefully add the rum to the mixture and cook for 1 more minute. (Take care when adding the alcohol to the mixture, especially if cooking over an open flame.)
  6. Remove the cake from the oven and let it cool in the pan for 5 minutes.
  7. Use a skewer or long toothpick and poke holes all over the surface of the cake.
  8. Drizzle half the glaze over the surface of the cake, then let the cake sit for about 10 to 15 minutes to allow the cake to absorb the glaze.
  9. Carefully invert the cake onto a serving platter and very slowly drizzle the rest of the glaze over the top of the cake, giving the cake a chance to absorb as much as possible.
  10. Let the cake sit for a couple of house to make sure it's really moist and rummy.
  11. Slice and serve.


Recipe from Ree Drummond's A Year of Holidays Cookbook, 2013

All images and text © Robyn Stone for Add a Pinch


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Speaking of Ree’s fabulous and festive new cookbook, she’s providing THREE lucky members of the Add a Pinch family with an autographed copy of A Year of Holidays. I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love her newest book. Filled with 140 of her signature step-by-step beautifully photographed guided recipes, Ree’s menus and recipes included in this book will definitely make your holiday celebrations a piece of cake! (Get it? Ha!)

It is definitely a must-have, year-round cookbook that will barely have time to make it back onto the bookshelf you’ll use it so much!


The Pioneer Woman A Year of Holidays Cookbook | ©

The Pioneer Woman A Year of Holidays Cookbook | ©

The Pioneer Woman A Year of Holidays Cookbook | ©

The Pioneer Woman A Year of Holidays Cookbook | ©




To enter to win an autographed copy of Ree’s A Year of Holidays, just leave me a comment telling me your favorite recipe of Ree’s.

Congratulations to the following winners:

#1275 – B. Hannaford
#1186 – Debbie Rogers
#766 – Donna P Upnorth

You can also get a few extra entries with the following, if you wanna:

Then head back to this post and leave a comment that you did.

This giveaway ends November 7th at 11:59 PM eastern. The winners will be announced sometime the following day!

Ree is also sharing her beautiful book with a few of my friend’s and their readers as well. Just hop on over to these blogs for even more opportunities to win an autographed copy and see some of Ree’s beautiful recipes come to life!

Bev Cooks made Chipotle Chicken Chili

Recipe Girl made Pecan Pie

She Wears Many Hats made Perfect Cream Scones

Reluctant Entertainer made Mulled Apple Cider

Two Peas and Their Pod made Dulce De Leche Brownies

i am baker made Dr. Pepper Cake

Love y’all tons! Hope you love this cake and Ree’s book as much as I do!
Robyn xo

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1,293 comments on “Rum Cake Recipe”

  1. Coming back to say I just added you and reposted this from all this sites ya listed 🙂

  2. Seafood pasta is wonderful!

  3. I’ve never made anything of Ree’s yet. Hoping to win the cookbook and get started on changing that.

  4. I love Ree’s Twice Baked Potatoes recipe. So yummy!

  5. I subscribed to your emails.

  6. Comfort meatballs and rosemary dinner rolls!!!!

  7. Chocolate sheet cake

  8. I’d have to say my fave is the pizza burgers…yum!

  9. “Fake” Sushi rolls for a picnic

  10. My favorite Ree recipe, hands down is her Cinnamon Rolls. I’m a hit everytime I make them for family and friends!!

  11. “Knock You Naked Brownies” – everywhere I take them, I come home with a humorous story that has been created from introducing this dessert. They are much enjoyed, the recipe is always desired and they create quite a laugh!

  12. All the recipes I’ve tried have been wonderful!


  14. i just like seeing her make eveything the rolls look so yummy!! also her cakes including the rum cake but carrot cake just looks so yum!!!

  15. everything she makes is so good i like to see her make cakes & pies yum!!!!

  16. I love your pizza and my grand children love helping make them thanks for all the short cuts also

  17. I loved her episode where it was Todd’s 7th birthday and she made mac and cheese and sliders with all of the fixins. YUMM!

  18. In your ingredients you say that the type of pudding to use is cook and serve but Ree’s says INSTANT. Did you try it with the cook type pudding mix?

  19. I love the way Pioneer woman sautes onions in her black iron skillet . They alway look so good and sweet.
    Watching her has taught me to work will mine longer and get them to the just right stadge.

  20. Can I Use rum extract instead of rum liquor? I don’t drink and I don’t think I’d like it with the real deal! Lol!

  21. what cake mix is yellow cake and also what do I use for cook and serve instant pudding – love receipe, want to try it,

  22. Can I use captain Morgan spiced rum instead of dark rum?

  23. This has a really strong rum flavor. I can’t eat it. If I try it again, I would reduce the amount of rum in the glaze.

  24. Everything turned out fine with the cake except… The pecan/brown sugar crumble stuck to the bottom of the pan and took some cake with it. I had to scrape out the crumble and stick it on top of the cake. The pan was well buttered. How can I avoid this in future?

    • Hi! You may want to try a baking spray, such as Baker’s Joy, next time since the butter didn’t work well for you.

  25. I made the Rum cake Mmm good. I brought over at a dinner and it was a hit. They loved it and asked for the recipe.
    If you make this cake “DON’t EAT AND DRIVE” LOL! Very powerful!

  26. I have been making this cake for over 30 years and love it. I do cut the amount of rum because I think it is to strong.

  27. What can we sub for the rum?

  28. I loved the taste but I had problem of the brown sugar and nuts sticking at bottom of pan when trying to flip over and I thoroughly greased entire pan, any tricks to share?

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